Method: Data for this study are drawn from a school-based cross-sectional probability sample of adolescents (n=519) in central Uganda. Adolescent digital dating violence was assessed using a modified six-item conflict tactic scale that embedded language around technology in questions associated with the tactic. In our analysis, we assume that an individual’s sexual risk experiences are not mutually exclusive but usually occur simultaneously in reality. To model this, we employ the multivariate probit technique which simultaneously estimates the probability of engaging in multiple sexual risk practices conditioned on the same set of explanatory variables.
Results: Participants’ age ranged from 14 to 19 years (M=17 years, SD=1.18). Most participants were female (62.8%). Among the sampled respondents, 21.8% experienced victimization and 20.2% were perpetrators of adolescent digital dating violence. Specifically, 3.6% reported being victim-only, 3.9% reported being perpetrator-only while 16.9% reported co-current victimization and perpetration. Compared with no exposure, co-current victimization and perpetration of adolescent digital dating violence were significantly associated with transactional sex engagement (β = .70, p = .002), sexual coercion (β = .94, p = .0001) and sex under the influence of alcohol (β = 1.24, p = .0001).
Conclusion: The finding show that adolescent digital dating violence is prevalent among Uganda adolescents, and is associated with sexual risk practices, speaking to the need for adolescent dating violence and sexual health interventions to include components of adolescent dating digital violence.